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Four girls' basketball teams garner Section II titles

Thomas using a timeout to rally the Forts
Thomas using a timeout to rally the Forts
Maureen Kelly

Averill Park, Tamarac, Hoosic Valley and Fort Edward were all crowned Section II (Capital District Region) champions at Hudson Valley Community College Saturday.

All will advance to Regional play in hopes of reaching the New York State Public High Athletic Association Tournament next weekend back at HVCC.

In the first game of the day, senior guard Lauren Madigan led Hoosic Valley to the Class C championship with a 51-40 victory.

It was the fourth consecutive championship for the Indians (18-4).

The five-foot-seven senior scored a game-high 19 points to go along with her team leading 13 rebounds.

The Indians led at the half, 19-16 and had a three point lead entering the final quarter. They pulled away outscoring the Witches 19-11 for the victory.

Alyssa Paul and Samantha Carlo each had 11 points for Hoosic Valley and Laura McGreevey chipped in with 10.

Geenwich was led by Alexis Case with 16 points and Mariah Linnett had 13.

In Class C, Seniors Jenna Erickson and Adiya Henderson combined for 40 points leading Tamarac to a 53-45 victory over Johnstown. It was the Bengal's first Section II Class B title.

"Our outlook all season was to win one game at a time," said Erickson, Tamarac's all-time leading scorer. "At halftime we had a four point lead. We needed to step it up on defense and get our offense going."

Tamarac did just that outscoring Johnstown 17-10 in the third quarter which gave them a 38-27 cushion for the final eight minutes.

''Our kids played awesome today," Tamarac coach Eric Medved said. "This is what we were trying to go for all season. Everything fell into place."

Hope Ceasuolo, an all-tournament selection, led the Sir Bills with 14 points (including 6-for-6 from the line) and nine rebounds.

Once again the Averill Park captured a Class A title cruising to a 65-44 victory over Queensbury. The Warriors were N.Y. state champions in 2010 and went on the become the Federation Tournament Champions.

In 2011 and 2012, Averill Park were defeated in the State Championship Final.

The Warriors would not let that happen again.

"We didn't want that to happen again and once we got going we really played well as a team," said Tournament MVP Kelly Donnelly.

Donnelly led all scorers with 22 points. Teammate Rachael Apfel had 14.

But it was defense that won the game for the Bengals. Queensbury's Jill Davis who scored 28 points in last year's victory over Averill Park, managed just one free-throw.

The Warriors raced out to a 15-7 lead after one quarter and were up by 12 points at the half. The Spartans turned the ball over 33 times.

Kelly McLaughlin led Queensbury with 18 points and 16 rebounds.

Fort Edward faced Fort Ann three times in the past month, but the biggest meeting came in the Class D title game where Fort Edward defeated Fort Ann 43-39.

In was the second consecutive title for the Flying Forts. Tournament MVP Alexis Thomas led Fort Edward with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Kayla Prosser and Casey Batchelder led Fort Ann with 10 points apiece. The duo combined for 20 rebounds.